EDWARDS CAPTURES FIRST WIN OF 2011
. Carl Edwards captured his 19th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win with today’s victory.
. The win was the 121st all-time NSCS win for Roush Fenway Racing. . Edwards now has a three-race NSCS winning streak after capturing the last two races of 2010.
. Roush Fenway Racing has now won half of the NSCS races at Las Vegas (7-of-14).
CARL EDWARDS – No. 99 Scotts/Kellogg’s Ford Fusion (Finished 1st) – “The key to winning today was my team, my Ford team, these guys are unbelievable. Roush Fenway is great. I have to thank Aflac for being with us, Scotts and Kellog’s. Scotts easy seed you can grow grass anywhere with that stuff. Sprint, Subway all the fans. It is unreal. When you are a kid you dream about this and how cool it would be to go to Vegas and fly a bunch of women there in a private plane and race cars and I did it. I brought my mom, my mother-in-law and my daughter and we came here and raced and I am having a blast.”
DOES IT MEAN MORE COMING OFF THE DISAPPOINTMENT OF PHOENIX? “Yeah it means a lot coming off of Phoenix. I went home last week and I had no clue. I just didn’t know how things were going to go from there. You only don’t get a good race car like that very often, but we had another one today. I got to thank the Air Force, the Thunderbirds, they let me fly with them on Thursday and this trophy is going over there in their hanger. They taught me a lot about discipline and believing in what you do and I can’t thank them enough and all of our armed service personnel who serve everywhere. This is a great day.”
MARCOS AMBROSE – No. 9 Stanley Ford Fusion (Finished ) “It was a great day. It was a great first top-five for RPM. I have to thank Richard Petty for believeing in me and giving me a shot and Stanley and everybody. It is going to be a great year. We had great pit stops and a good crew today. There was a ton of good energy out here today, just a ton of good energy. I am really happy with the finish.”
MATT KENSETH – No. 17 Crown Royal Ford Fusion (Finished 11th) – “We just had some issues that got us behind a lap and three-quarters. The way the race went and the way our car was in traffic we weren’t as close as we wanted to be and couldn’t get the lap back. Finally we got it back with 70 to go and couldn’t do any better than what we did there.” DO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE TIRE? “I assume we ran something over. It was a flat after a caution so I can only assume we ran something over.”
TREVOR BAYNE – No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion (Finished 20th) – “I am proud of our Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford team today. We had some minor things out there like hitting that wall early, but they did a great job to keep us in the race, get us back on the lead lap. I am just really proud of my team today. We will learn from it and head to Bristol in a couple of weeks and I am really looking forward to that.”
DAVID GILLILAND – No. 34 Taco Bell Ford Fusion (Finished 37th) – “We just blew a right front tire and we hadn’t had any tire issues all day. For some reason we just blew out. We didn’t have any signs of it at all. It is a tough day for our Taco Bell Ford Fusion. I don’t think we have seen a whole lot of tire issues through the weekend. That last lap we ran on the race track was as fast as we had run. We didn’t see anything unusually. It just blew out.” THAT WAS A HARD LICK. “Yeah, it was tough, definitely a hard hit. I am thankful for those safer barriers.”